Laura Wolvaardt Pivotal as Adelaide Strikers Win Back-to-Back WBBL Titles

The Adelaide Strikers beat Brisbane Heat in epic fashion to claim victory by 3 runs off the final ball of the match and secure back-to-back WBBL titles, at the Adelaide Oval in North Adelaide in South Australia, on Saturday 2 December 2023. Photo: SA skipper Laura Wolvaardt became the fifth Strikers batter to reach 1,550 WBBL runs as she helped to steer her team to a remarkable defence of their title in the ninth edition of Australia’s semi-pro cricket series. Photo: Adelaide Strikers on X

The Adelaide Strikers beat Brisbane Heat in epic fashion to claim victory by 3 runs off the final ball of the match and secure back-to-back WBBL titles, at the Adelaide Oval in North Adelaide in South Australia, on Saturday 2 December 2023.

Proteas Women’s captain, Laura Wolvaardt showed why she is such a remarkable player on the big stage. 

Playing for the Strikers and having lost her opening partner in Katie Mack within the second over of the innings, Wolvaardt brought on her BMT, buckled down and got on with ensuring the team put on a decent score. 

In a steady and calculated innings of 39 (33) with four fours to her name, Wolvaardt ensured she executed her game plan to perfection, as the Strikers reached 125/5 at the close of their batting innings.

Brisbane brought the heat with the top-order putting on a gallant fight, with former Protea’s batter Mignon du Preez contributed 13 (20) to her team’s cause. 

It was a case of lightening striking twice when, in a sensational final over, Amanda Jade Wellington sent down a remarkable over that won the match for the Strikers by a mere 3 runs. 

Du Preez had a remarkable tournament with the Brisbane team, finishing in the top ten of individual run scorers after posting 382 runs for her team. 

Her contribution with the bat propelled the Brisbane Heat team to the number one batting position at the ninth season of the Women’s Big Bash League, for most tournament runs scored. 

Wolvaardt will bring home yet another WBBL winners medal and finishes the tournament with 402-runs to her name ahead of Mignon du Preez as an individual scorer. 

Wolvaardt will be looking to using her momentum to ignite home performance when she rejoins the Proteas Women’s team for their summer home series hosting Bangladesh, who won the opening of the series’ three T20 International fixtures.


Photo Caption: The Adelaide Strikers beat Brisbane Heat in epic fashion to claim victory by 3 runs off the final ball of the match and secure back-to-back WBBL titles, at the Adelaide Oval in North Adelaide in South Australia, on Saturday 2 December 2023. Photo: SA skipper Laura Wolvaardt became the fifth Strikers batter to reach 1,550 WBBL runs as she helped to steer her team to a remarkable defence of their title in the ninth edition of Australia’s semi-pro cricket series. Photo: Adelaide Strikers on X

Photo 2 Caption: Former Proteas batter Mignon du Preez was in good form for the tournament’s silver medalists, Brisbane Heat. Photo: Brisbane Heat on X

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